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Now swallow: Microsoft hands out cure for Surface RT tabs killed by Win 8.1

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Re: Serves you right

OK> Not sorry at all.

OK> Sent from my BBC model A

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Loathed wiggly-word CAPTCHAs morph into 'fun' click-'n'-drag games

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Re: Ugg, grocer's apostrophe in that sample

I always thought it was a groce'rs apostrophy.

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Coming soon to Twitter: Inboxes BULGING with DMs from world+dog

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Re: Eh....No!!

Keep up yourself, if she's alive she would be nine which is school age. If she's dead she's not missing.

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Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED

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Re: Thankfully

B&Q are the worst, seems that the machine is weighing the goods (which range from 20kg bags of cement powder to a 5gm pack of picture hanging pins) and complaining when it doesn't add up to the expected.

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Down with Unicode! Why 16 bits per character is a right pain in the ASCII

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Unfortunately RDS isn't so when playing my MP3's via a personal FM transmitter I get weird characters in the track title on the car radio.

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Oracle sued over $33,000 bill for SaaS: STRIPPERS as a SERVICE

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American Express isn't a credit card, it's a charge card and that's (one of the reasons) why lots of businesses don't accept it.

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Michael Gove: C'mon kids, quit sexting – send love poems instead

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He should resign

Blatant use of his position in power to financially help his friends. This is getting more and more like China every day.

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First look: Apple iPhone 5S and 5C

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Pointless photo subject

A photo of printed material is only going to show how the camera reproduces the CMYK inks, That's just three colours and you can bet it will do a good job. Next time photograph a peacock or some flowers or butterflies or even a nice clean red setter if you can find one.

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Ex-CEO Elop's plunder to total $25m in voyage from Nokia to Microsoft

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Pirate

He's an Apple mole

He'll be going to Samsung next.

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Official crackdown on Apple fanboi 'shanty town' ahead of London iPhone launch

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Re: pathetic

And those shorts are of an unfashionable length. Shame on him.

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DARPA: You didn't think we could make a Mach 6 spaceplane, so let us have this MACH TEN job

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Re: Basic questions for DARPA projects

To one decimal place of accuracy: 0.0%

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Life … moves … in … slow … motion … for … little … critters … like … flies

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Kids are faster

because they carry less baggage. Emotional, intellectual and flabby. Nice research but kids don't perceive time moving more slowly otherwise the world champion at wiff waff would be six.

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WAIT! Don't you dare send that ad-spaff email without 'specific' consent

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Death penalty for companies

We started executing people in earnest when the police and courts could no cope with the scale of crime just after the industrial revolution. We stopped when crime rates fell and we found we were executing children and innocents. We should do the same with companies.

Maybe not close the entire business but just that facet of the business that is guilty, e.g. Ban talktalk from broadband ISP for all the crap I get but not close their mobile phone operation.

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Pair of complete tits sorry for pervy app

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You should only apologize for behaviour you can control

Otherwise it makes the apology insincere. Men stare at breasts instinctively just like I stare at well filled trousers. No point in apologizing since we will continue as long as we breathe.

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OK, forget the 3D telly fiasco: 4K is gonna blow you away - say tech giants

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Would prefer higher framerate

I'd be quite happy with 1080p48 or 1080i96, 1080p96 would be great. Not much point having four times the pixels if it means four times as much motion blur. Doesn't involve much more bandwidth either as you can keep the I frames at the same time interval and P frames change less when they are closer in time.

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The Solar System's second-largest volcano found hiding on Earth

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"Actually it's a mystery as to why the UK doesn't speak Dutch"

Not to me, I've been to NL. Everyone there speaks at least one other language fluently, it's their ticket out of there.

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New online banking Trojan empties users' wallets, videos privates

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Facepalm

A fairly simple fix for this would be for explorer to refuse to run any .exe that has more than one dot in the name. Chances of that happening?

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Reg hack battles Margaret Thatcher's ghost to bring broadband to the Highlands

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Re: Dial-up?

It's still alive and kicking although with AJAX and advertising goodness it's very slow. Last week I attempted to upgrade a Windows XP machine to service pack3 only to find that the download would take 27 hours. Needless to say the box went in the back of my car back to civilization.

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UK mulls ban on tiny mobiles to block prison smugglers

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Where do I get one?

Motorola F3 owner here but they've stopped production and sometimes it's a bit of a squeeze in the pocket with a set of car/house keys.

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Wow, the future is HERE: Charge your phone (wirelessly) in your CAR

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I should be a car gizmo designer

I would have had interchangeable pads for each charging standard. The car would come with a blank and each one would be a highly priced dealer fit extra. You could even have double standard ones at even higher prices for when you don't have homogeneous passengers.

What's gone wrong with the auto industry?

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Japan's unwanted IT workers dumped in 'forcing-out rooms'

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Re: GUI designed by engineers? No thanks.

As opposed to designed by??? I'm all for Cleartype fonts everywhere but give me 1980's icons and menus or give me death. XFCE rules!

Actually FVWM2 rules but it's just too much effort to resurrect my old self-modifying pointer position learning functions.

GUIs are not getting better, they just seem to get more designed to blend into a pretty picture. Computer screens aren't for admiring, they're for navigating about and that's easier if the different parts are easily discernible i.e. they clash and look ugly.

P.S. this is a nice icon.

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iWatch rumours grow as Apple hires Nike fitness guru Jay Blahnik

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The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.

Try telling that to someone afflicted by disease or disability.

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Chrome, Firefox blab your passwords in a just few clicks: Shrug, wary or kill?

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Re: Things we take for granted...

> I od'ed the signon.sqlite and key3.db files in my firefox profile on my laptop. I saw the sites for which I have saved passwords (e.g., The Reg), but nothing resembling the passwords themselves, so apparently they are not stored in cleartext.

They are scrambled and if you know the key you can decrypt them. The key is in the source code ans probably google-able. However, if you use a master password they site passwords are scrambled with that which makes it much harder to crack.

You could try looking through firefox's memory for the passwords or even the master key but that requires super-user privilege and shouldn't be possible unless you run as root or admin.

You could try hunting through the hibernation image but then you should not hibernate a machine without full disk encryption.

You could dump the machine in a liquid nitrogen bath, pull out the memory cards and go through them but it's probably cheaper and quicker to just threaten the owner of the said machine.

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Gov: Smart TV bods must protect users from smut-riddled badness

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Take a tip from the pirates

"Here be dragons" has worked for centuries.

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Roses are #f00, violets are #00f. This witty code is a boffinry breakthrough

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Paris Hilton

I like my sex-partners like I like my cocoa: hot, thick and rich. Like the lady to the right.

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Gmail, Outlook.com and e-voting 'pwned' on stage in crypto-dodge hack

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So what should we do? Is logging out then trying to log in again and using the wrong password good enough?

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UK economy to lose £198m if BBC and pals lose EPG slots - Ministry of Fun

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Well, that's the point. When you surf the EPG you start at either channel 1 or the channel you were watching. By the time you have gone through 20 channels you have probably lost the will to live and will watch any old shit.

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Galaxy S4 FIREBALL ATE MY HOUSE, claims Hong Kong man

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It's a ground floor apartment from the photo's so that may explain the smoke damage to the Merc parked outside. But why on earth did he try to put out the fire with a foam filled sofa. He couldn't have made it worse if he'd used the contents of a petrol can to douse the flames.

Here's one for the Reg research department: Is the average contents of a man's bladder enough to put out a flaming mobe?

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'First' 3D-printed rifle's barrel splits after single shot

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Re: Waste of time

I guess it will just not print tubes of a certain diameter. Good luck trying to print a bicycle. Good to know what printers to avoid.

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Burger-rage horse dumps on McDonald's: Rider saddled with fat fine

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Re: Does anyone know

It's called a drive through and is designed for cars. It's intended for you to collect your food and drive off. It's not safe to hand over a collection of burgers in bags and drinks to a cyclist or motorcyclist. It may be safe but it's not economic to serve just one fruit smoothie to a cyclist when you could be serving burgers and fries to whole family.

Sorry to sound grumpy but winging about not being able to use the drive through lane with your dog sled is just the kind of lazy self-entitled attitude I expect from a MacD' customer, not a noble commentard.

As for the nutter taking a horse inside, she should have had a fine for cruelty to the horse and reckless endangerment of the people inside. Humans and frightened horses do not mix.

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ULTRASONIC BOLLOCK BLASTERS help Hawkmoth battle The Bat

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"Not sure how the females do it"

Once knew a lady whose fanny farts could rattle windows. She was batty as well.

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Live or let dial - phones ain’t what they used to be

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Is it possible

to buy a keyboard with the number pad that matches telephone number pads?

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How Alan Turing wanted to base EDSAC's memory on BOOZE

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Works just like a flip flop

If you look at the transistor structure of a register it looks like two inverters driving each other so, yes, they do amplify the signal around and it stays stable. Computer programs only work because they do stuff in the right order so you need to delay the logic circuits so that everything doesn't happen in random order. Flip flops are used now with a clock in the GHz range. These devices ran at kHz and could also store more than one bit in each loop. Although they are called delay lines they were used because they were fast (in comparison to relays) and low power (in comparison to thermionic valves).

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John McAfee releases NSFW video on how to uninstall security code

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Watch and learn children...

why it's never a good idea to get a tattoo. Once you get one the best you can hope for is to die young.

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IT mercenaries and buy-to-let landlords are my HEROES - here's why

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Correlation <> Causation yet again.

You could say that high unemployment causes high home ownership - maybe something to be celebrated.

Or there could be something (i.e. technological advances in the last few centuries) that have led to high home ownership and high unemployment. As a species we can now achieve more and work less. Which is OK as long as the achievement and reduction in working are spread around fairly evenly.

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Washout 2012 summer, melty Greenland 'nothing to do with Arctic ice or warm oceans'

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“The next five-10 years will reveal whether or not 2012 was a rare event..."

In other words - Looking forward we can look forward to to some forward looking mispredictions of the future based on backward looking research.

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BBC-featured call centre slapped with hefty fine for unwanted calls

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Best way to get rid of them

is to cost them money. As you say if there is a live human on the line when you answer getting them to wait is very effective. If it's a recording asking you the press button I always do then give the silent treatment to whoever comes on the line, seems to freak them out as much as it does ordinary humans.

They eventually learn and go away. Whatever you do don't sound angry or annoyed, they just mark you down on their lists as stupid enough to eventually fall for one of their cons.

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Ex-Palm CEO Rubinstein wishes HP sale never happened

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Re: History

Ah memories.

Just before HP bought Apollo the market share in workstations was (Sun, Apollo, SGI,..., HP). Just after it became (Sun, HP-Apollo, SGI...). Three months later when all the current and unstoppable orders had gone through the order became (Sun, SGI..., HP-Apollo).

A colleague of mine left HP for Apollo about six month before the buyout, he was gutted when it happened and shortly after was made redundant by HP after they'd bought him. Seemed to him that HP was just persuing him around making him miserable.

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Anonymous 'plonks' names, addresses of far-right EDL types on web

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Re: Duh

I rather think Anonymous have missed that point too.

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Gigabyte's BRIX fall into place

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Re: HTPC?

Or get a usb-cec adapter from pulse-eight (others are available) and you can use the TV remote if you have a reasonably up to date HDMI TV.

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Daft tweet by Speaker Bercow's loquacious wife DID libel lord

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Re: Oh the conflict!

"Libel laws are far too strong in this country"

They are not as strong as the truth.

Sally Bercow is a libellous tweeter.

I don't expect to get sued for the above line (maybe told off by a grammar geek).

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EU boffins in plan for 'more nutritious' horsemeat ice cream

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Re: Using as much of the slaughtered animal as possible,

I would flinch at cow cock as it would imply the cow had been subject to massive hormone treatment or had gender reassignment surgery.

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It! Started! With! A! GIF!... Yahoo! Actually! Buys! Tumblr! for! $1bn!

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Re: When women get power .....

Same as men really. Can't think of any exceptions.

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Cameron's Tech City: Desks? Yes. Cash? Yes. Coders? Nope

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Agreed, Silicon Valley is not in Washington or even New York. When it started it was in a nice place to live. Not true any more but it now has the brand.

I live in beautiful Somerset and there is no money that would make me move to London. I'll contract there but the closer to London the higher the price to compensate for commute time and hotel costs. Currently in Borehamwood and working from home on Monday and Friday so it's bearable

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I know identity of Bitcoin's SECRET mastermind, says Ted Nelson

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He's wrong too, it was me.

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London Olympics site to become digital mega-hub

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Re: 40 mega volt-amperes

No no, this is the new thing, the amperes are 40 megavolts wide. It makes them go faster. The fuse boxes glow in the dark and the plugs only have one pin.

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Office Software Checkpoint

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Re: why download the whitepaper

Of course not, it's a powerpoint.

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ISPs: Get ready to slurp streams from Murdoch's fat pipe

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"Sky will be sending you a welcome pack as well."

And a copy of every email you have ever deleted.

Seriously, I'm with Sky (because they bought the ISP that was the only one in the exchange that wasn't BT) and it's OK as a basic home broadband. I moved to using gmail as an email sender but that's because I'm the geeky type that likes to control my reply-to headers. I think port 25 is also unblocked so you may be able to run your own MTA.

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Google 'will be pulled back in front of MPs' on its UK tax affairs

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Re: A missunderstanding of roles

Just to confuse the AC even more, most drugs are illegal in Amsterdam but not because they are immoral.

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Brit horologist hammers out ‘first’ ATOMIC-POWERED watch

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Re: About "time"

Presumably that's why there is a "lithium-polymer battery fed through a micro USB port".

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